Wing Yi (Winnie) Chan
Director of P-12 Research
In her role as the director of P-12 research, Winnie helps to develop and execute a research agenda that promotes racial equity in school accountability, educator diversity, social-emotional and academic development, college and career readiness, school funding, and early learning. The goal is to ensure that all students, including students of color and students from low-income backgrounds, have all the resources and opportunities to succeed academically and to thrive as productive citizens.
Prior to joining Ed Trust, Winnie was a behavioral/social scientist at the RAND Corporation. While at RAND, she conducted research that focuses on the intersection of education and well-being. Her research unpacks how race, ethnicity, and culture influence the educational experience for students of color. She also evaluated school- and community-based programs and initiatives designed to promote academic success for students of color and students from low-income backgrounds. Before joining RAND, she was a faculty member at Georgia State University, where she was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2016.
Winnie immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 15 with her family and grew up in Seattle. She holds a doctorate degree in psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and public health from the University of Washington.
When my students graduated and received their doctorate degrees.
What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?
Bake! It is my dream to have a bed and breakfast one day.
Why are you passionate about working at Ed Trust?
I believe in Ed Trust’s commitment and vision to creating an educational system that is just, fair, and uplifting. As an immigrant from a refugee family, I have personally experienced the power of a high-quality public education. However, structural racism and wealth inequality have created a web of barriers and challenges that systematically leave many Black, Latino, and Native students and students from low-income backgrounds behind. I hope my work can contribute to the disruption of status quo and the movement of social justice.